The Crusader Anglers fished the sectionals on Friday, May 6, 2016, on the Des Plaines River in Channahon. There were 11 schools and 22 boats competing.
Representing Brother Rice in Boat 1 were senior Matt Schied and sophomore Sean Gilmartin and Boat 2 had Crusader senior Collin Burger and soophmore Luke O’Donnnell. Matt and Sean struck early, having 3 keepers in the boat by 9:30, but they had no luck improving their bag. Burger and O’Donnnell started slow but were able to put 2 nice keepers in the box. Word at weigh-in was that the fishing was slow and a lot of teams had nothing to weigh, which got the team’s hopes up to maybe going downstate again.
With only a few teams left to weigh, Schied and Gilmartin were holding onto 3rd place. Team 2 from St. Laurence came to the scales and edged them out by 8 ounces. After it was all over, the Crusaders took 4th and 6th out of 22 boats.